Archive for February 2015

President's Day #Selfiestick Demonstration

President's Day #Selfiestick Demonstration
What better way to celebrate President’s Day than a Presidential demonstration of the #selfiestick (devices that have already been banned at several museums and soccer stadiums but not yet at any schools that I know of)? Click below to see the animated version. See more Obama gifs here – they’re all part of a video he did... Read more »

CTU Blames Rahm For Jackie Robinson West

CTU Blames Rahm For Jackie Robinson West
Today's news includes a few campaign updates, more about the Jackie Robinson West debacle (lawyers, CTU opportunism), and a report about what Louisiana is planning to do with districts that don't administer the Common Core assessment (give them zeroes). In better news, Louder Than A Bomb 2015 is coming, and the former CPS headquarters might be turned into a food truck(?)...

Little League Boundaries, Garcia TV Ads, Schools' Low Vaccination Rates

Little League Boundaries, Garcia TV Ads, Schools' Low Vaccination Rates
Today's big education stories are the arrival of Chuy Garcia's TV ads against Rahm Emanuel, the punishment levied against Jackie Robinson West Little League team,  and a DNA Info story about which CPS schools have the lowest vaccination rates. Plus national news -- the House education committee passed an NCLB rewrite yesterday -- and news from other places (like Louisiana, where districts are trying to opt out of the Common Core assessments, too). Check it all about below, or find me on Twitter @district299)...
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Quazzo Defends Her Investments, CPS Teachers Suspend Black Girls At Higher Rates

Quazzo Defends Her Investments, CPS Teachers Suspend Black Girls At Higher Rates
Today's news includes a blistering defense of her work from CPS Board appointee Quazzo (one outlet has her having already quit), a Sun-Times story about Chuy Garcia's son that is or isn't a major issue, some updates on Rauner's assault on public employee unions (fewer than half of all teachers are now unionized nationally, BTW), and a report showing that black girls are suspended much more than white girls in CPS and other big cities. Check it all out below, plus national news, and watch @district299 and the D299 Facebook page for updates...

Big Changes For Mount Greenwood School

Big Changes For Mount Greenwood School
Today's news includes more debate about an elected school board, some updated vaccination numbers from The Tribune, a Labor Notes piece on CTU vs. Rahm, and a DNA Info story about a charter school parent who went downstate to the Rauner speech since she's come to appreciate charter schools. There's also lots of coverage of the City Hall announcement about Mount Greenwood. Check it all out below, plus national news and coverage from around the country...

Board Member Invested In Companies With $1.3M CPS Earnings

Board Member Invested In Companies With $1.3M CPS Earnings
The Sun-Times reports that Quazzo has invested in companies that have won $1.3M in contracts from CPS via its charters schools. The Sun-Times editorial page endorsed Rahm, just like the Tribune's did. Illinois' vaccination rate is low, compared to other states, because of a lax exemption for religious objections. A boy on the Northwest Side was killed over a Facebook post, apparently...
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Measles Are Here - Check Your School's Vaccination Rate

Measles Are Here - Check Your School's Vaccination Rate
The measles have come to Chicago -- do you know the vaccination rate at your school? (You can look it up see below.) Also: another mayoral debate (but Rahm's poll numbers are inching up). Rauner proposed lifting the charter cap, reports Catalyst.  Ray Elementary doesn't want a full-day pre-kindergarten (yet), reports the Hyde Park Herald. Plus school board elections in LA (plus a visit from AFT head Randi Weingaraten), and House Democrats hold their own NCLB hearing in DC. ...

Rauner, Garcia, Emmanuel, Byrd-Bennett

Rauner, Garcia, Emmanuel, Byrd-Bennett
Today's news: There's going to be no spring science test, says ISBE. Byrd-Bennett responds to "lost" CPS students -- sort of. Mayoral debate questions leaked -- to Garcia camp. An elected school board is a lousy idea, says Crain's Hinz. A defense of Grow Your Own (in Catalyst). Plus national news about the NCLB reauthorization and the mysterious departure of Montgomery County's Josh Starr. ...

Another Strike, Missing Kids, Vaccines!

Another Strike, Missing Kids, Vaccines!
Today's education news includes an update on CTU's negotiations with CPS over a new contract (and possible strike!), more about who wants the Dyett building (Little Black Pearl), a Catalyst investigation into missing CPS kids (and another piece about Latino parents and the Common Core).  Nationally, vaccinations have become a political issue for Presidential contenders and somewhat progressive DC-area superintendent Josh Starr is leaving his post after 3 years. ...
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Karen's Snowstorm Speech, Plus Elected School Board Debt

Karen's Snowstorm Speech, Plus Elected School Board Debt
Lots of education news today: Digging out from the storm. Karen's City Club speech (which seemed to get more coverage than Rauner's). Five CTU teachers running for city council. Crain's says elected school boards incur more debt (and the LA school board race is getting super-nasty - again). Intensive tutoring works, says a new UofC study. We still don't know whether CPS or ISBE is going to blink first on this PARCC testing standoff. Plus national and other news below...